Thursday, 29 April 2021

πŸ“– Publication Day Book Review ~ The Whole Truth by Cara Hunter

 

 πŸ“– Happy Publication Day πŸ“–


Penguin 
29 April 2021

DI Adam Fawley #5

My thanks to the publishers for my copy of this book


When an Oxford student accuses one of the university's professors of sexual assault, DI Adam Fawley's team think they've heard it all before. But they couldn't be more wrong.

Because this time, the predator is a woman and the shining star of the department, and the student a six-foot male rugby player.

Soon DI Fawley and his team are up against the clock to figure out the truth. What they don't realise is that someone is watching.

And they have a plan to put Fawley out of action for good.

πŸ“– My thoughts..

If you've followed this series from the beginning, this is now book five, then you'll know just how good these books are, and if you haven't read any of them then you are missing out on a really good psychological crime series. In this book we meet again with DI Adam Fawley and his investigative team in Oxford, a place it would seem is always a hot bed of crime and none more so than in The Whole Truth which has a very personal feel for Adam Fawley.

When Fawley's team are called in to investigate the allegation of a sexual assault at one of Oxford's colleges, they are surprised when the perpetrator of this serious crime turns out to be female, and her victim a male student. This juxtaposition allows the story to take a fascinating look at how we perceive sexual crime and the investigative team have a difficult task in determining just how much is being revealed by both characters.

Running alongside this complicated mystery is another complex strand to the story which the author cover in a series of well placed podcasts. These help to move the story along and also give the commentary a very modern feeling which heightens the tension for one well known character who has more reasons than most to tune into the podcast.

As always, this talented author brings a fascinating and highly complex crime story to life. The characterisation is excellent, I particularly liked the character summaries at the start of the novel which act as an aide memoir in case you forget who's who. The crimes at the heart of the story are complex and detailed but the author cuts through the story with her skilful knife, revealing little snippets here and there but never revealing the final little piece of the puzzle until the very end when, wham, there it is, the twist in the tale which makes everything fall so beautifully into place.

I've said it before, but it's worth saying again, this series just get better and better and as each well crafted crime story ends so I already start to look forward to meeting up again with Adam Fawley and his team as they attempt to investigate the complicated crimes which seem to occur in the Oxford of this talented author's vivid imagination.

I'll end with the joyful news that this series has been picked up by a television production team. Not before time 😊 


About the Author


Cara Hunter is the author of the Sunday Times Bestselling crime novels featuring DI Adam Crawley and his Oxford based police team.Cara Hunter lives in Oxford, on  a street not unlike those featured in her books.

Twitter @CaraHunterBooks #TheWholeTruth

@VikingBooks

@PenguinBooksUK








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